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Company: U.S. Coast Guard
Location: Washington
Posted on: November 15, 2019

Job Description:

Accountant, GS-0510-14Department of Homeland SecurityU.S. Coast GuardOverview

  • ##### Open & closing dates10/31/2019 to 11/12/2019
    • ##### ServiceCompetitive
      • ##### Pay scale & gradeGS 14
        • ##### Salary$117,191 to $152,352 per year
          • ##### Appointment typePermanent
            • ##### Work scheduleFull-Time - This is a full-time position.Location1 vacancy in the following location:-Washington, DC 1 vacancyRelocation expenses reimbursedNoTelework eligibleYes as determined by agency policy- DutiesSummaryThis position is located with the Department of Homeland Security,United States Coast Guard, Assistant Commandant for Resources,Office of Internal Controls (CG-85) located in Washington, DC.Learn more about this agencyResponsibilitiesIn this position, you will be responsible for coordinating,directing, and reviewing internal controls test work by verifyingand validating Coast Guard wide audit remediation and correctiveaction plans related to material weaknesses and significantdeficiencies under the Chief Financial Officers Act and theDepartment of Homeland Security (DHS) Security Accountability Act.Being a civilian working for the Coast Guard makes you a valuableteam member. Typical duties include:
              • Providing technical reviews, expert feedback, guidance andoversight of from internal control and audit remediationactivities related to findings and reports from conductedcontrol test work, the DHS Office of the Inspector General(OIG), the General Accounting Office (GAO), and otherorganizations in order to ensure compliance with applicable lawsand regulations, effective and efficient operations, andreliable reporting, which includes financial statements reportedin accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles(GAAP) and the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board(FASAB).
              • Developing and implementing sound financial management,accounting, and internal control policies; conducting studiesfor special projects and presenting the results and researchingand resolving problems independently and in a team environment.
              • Providing written and verbal advice to financial and programmanagers and other Accountants on unusual and difficultaccounting system and/or process operation problems, identifyingopportunities for improvement to business processes and internalcontrols.
              • Ensuring that the agency is in compliance with the FederalManager Financial Integrity Act (FMFIA), OMB Circular A-123,General Accounting Office (GAO) Internal Control Standards, andDepartment of Homeland Security (DHS) Internal Control guidance.
              • Leveraging technology, which includes governance, risk, andcompliance tools in order to enhance workflows and improve datatransparency to the supervisor and agency leadership.Travel RequiredOccasional travel - Occasional travel is required.Supervisory statusNoPromotion Potential14
                • #### Job family (Series)0510 Accounting- RequirementsConditions of Employment
                  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
                  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for SelectiveService.
                  • Unofficial transcripts must be submitted at the time ofapplication.
                  • May be required to serve a probationary period.
                  • Requires National Agency Check with Inquiries BackgroundInvestigation.All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date ofthe announcement.QualificationsApplicants must have a:Degree: accounting; or a degree in a related field such asbusiness administration, finance, or public administration thatincluded or was supplemented by 24 semester hours in accounting. The24 hours may include up to 6 hours of credit in business law. (Theterm "accounting" means "accounting and/or auditing" in thisstandard. Similarly, "accountant" should be interpreted, generally,as "accountant and/or auditor.")ORCombination of education and experience: at least 4 years ofexperience in accounting, or an equivalent combination of accountingexperience, college-level education, and training that providedprofessional accounting knowledge. The applicant's background mustalso include one of the following:
                  • Twenty-four semester hours in accounting or auditing courses ofappropriate type and quality. This can include up to 6 hours ofbusiness law;
                  • A certificate as Certified Public Accountant or a CertifiedInternal Auditor, obtained through written examination; or
                  • Completion of the requirements for a degree that includedsubstantial course work in accounting or auditing, e.g., 15semester hours, but that does not fully satisfy the24-semester-hour requirement of paragraph A, provided that (a)the applicant has successfully worked at the full-performancelevel in accounting, auditing, or a related field, e.g.,valuation engineering or financial institution examining; (b) apanel of at least two higher level professional accountants orauditors has determined that the applicant has demonstrated agood knowledge of accounting and of related and underlyingfields that equals in breadth, depth, currency, and level ofadvancement that which is normally associated with successfulcompletion of the 4-year course of study described in paragraphA; and (c) except for literal nonconformance to the requirementof 24 semester hours in accounting, the applicant's education,training, and experience fully meet the specified requirements.Applicants must have at least one full year of experience equivalentto the GS-13 level in the Federal service.Specialized experience includes: coordinating, directing, and/orreviewing internal controls test work by verifying and validatingaudit remediation and corrective action plans; providing feedbackand guidance from internal control and audit remediation activitiesrelated to findings and reports from conducted control test work inorder to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations,effective and efficient operations, and reliable reporting,including financial statements; identifying key controls for processareas and performing risk assessments over these controls;establishing standards for test plans and reviewing the suitabilityof test procedures in order to conduct tests over key controls toevaluate process performance; providing advice to financial andprogram managers and other accountants on accounting system and/orprocess operation problems, identifying opportunities forimprovement to business processes and internal controls; andleveraging technology, which includes governance, risk, andcompliance tools in order to enhance workflows and improve datatransparency to the supervisor and agency leadership.Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicantwith the particular competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities tosuccessfully perform the duties of the position and is typically inor related to the work of the position to be filled.National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience): Experiencerefers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work donethrough National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps)and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic;religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer workhelps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and canprovide valuable training and experience that translates directly topaid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifyingexperience, including volunteer experience.The Office of Personnel management (OPM) must authorize employmentoffers made to current or former political appointees. If you arecurrently, or have been within the last 5 years, a politicalSchedule A, Schedule, C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointeeemployee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this informationto the Human Resources Office.EducationThis position does have a positive education requirement. If you areincluding education on your resume, report only attendance and/ordegrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutionsrecognized by the U.S. Department of Education. See RequiredDocuments section for detail.FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges oruniversities may be used to meet Federal qualification requirementsif you can show that your foreign education is comparable toeducation received in accredited educational institutions in theUnited States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidencewith your application. See Recognition of Foreign Qualificationsclick hereAdditional informationApplicants will be required to complete questions contained on theDeclaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentativejob offer is made. Certain responses on the form could pose aproblem with suitability for employment determinations. If youreceive a conditional offer of employment for this position, youwill be required to complete/make updates to the OF-306 and to signand certify the accuracy of all information in your application,prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of theapplication may result in withdrawal of offer of employment,dismissal after beginning work, or imprisonment.DHS uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm theeligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the UnitedStates. Learn more about e-Verify, including your rights andresponsibilities at click hereRecruitment incentives may be authorized.All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary paymentsmade by direct deposit.The Department of Homeland Security encourages persons withdisabilities to apply, to include persons with intellectual, severephysical or psychiatric disabilities, as defined by 5 CFR 213.3102(u), and/or Disabled Veterans with a compensableservice-connected disability of 30 percent or more as defined by 5CFR 315.707. Veterans, Peace Corps/VISTA volunteers, and personswith disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences,and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If youare a member of one of these groups, you may not have to competewith the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility fornon-competitive appointment and to understand the requireddocumentation, click on the links above or contact the ServicingHuman Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.More than 1 selection may be made from this announcement ifadditional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade, andunit occur within 45 days from the date the certificate wasissued.If you need a reasonable accommodation for the application andhiring process, please contact 202-795-6272. Decisions on grantingreasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. VisitReasonable AccommodationHow You Will Be EvaluatedYou will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet thequalifications above.We will review your rsum and supporting documentation to ensureyou meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet theminimum qualifications, your experience, education and training willbe rated using the on-line assessment to place you in one of threecategories.The necessary Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities to perform this jobare:
                  • Knowledge of accounting principles and internal controlstandards and concepts sufficient to direct, develop, implement,and coordinate a variety of internal control assessment,accounting policy, and audit related activities.
                  • Knowledge of financial management principles, practices, andtechniques, which includes GAO, OMB, DHS, and Coast Guardpolicies, procedures, regulations, and accounting and auditingstandards, and the development and/or implementation of DHSpolicies and regulations.
                  • Knowledge of management issues and programs as they relate toresolving accounting and audit problems/issues in planningevaluation, control, and resource allocation in Coast Guardoperations and the ability to provide advice on accounting andfinancial management related issues to various levels ofmanagement throughout the Agency.
                  • Knowledge of information management systems and relatedinformation technologies, which include financial andadministrative systems design, operation, and cyber securityrisks.
                  • Knowledge of the techniques of written, oral, and visualcommunication sufficient to speak and write with clarity andtact, to secure acceptance of proposed program initiatives, andto make formal presentations related to a wide range ofstrategic transformation and communication issues.If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one ofthese categories:1. Best-Qualified: Applicants possessing experience thatsubstantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position anddemonstrate high proficiency in all of the critical competencies,including all Selective Placement Factors (SPF) and appropriateQuality Ranking Factors (QRF) determined by the job analysis.2. Well-Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that exceeds theminimum qualifications of the position and demonstrates acceptableproficiency in all of the critical competencies, including all SPFsand appropriate QRFs determined by the job analysis.3. Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that meets theminimum qualifications of the position and demonstrate basicproficiency in most of the critical competencies, including all SPFsand appropriate QRFs determined by the job analysis.If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring managerfor consideration and may be called for an interview. Your resumeand responses to the self-assessment questions are an integral partof the process for determining your qualifications for the position.Therefore, you must support your responses to the self-assessmentquestions by providing examples of past and present experience inyour resume.Veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility andqualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibleswithin the category in which they are qualified. Veterans who have acompensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listedin the best qualified category, except when the position beingfilled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level orhigher. For information on veterans' preference, click here.To preview questions please click here.Background checks and security clearanceSecurity clearanceOtherDrug test requiredNo- Required Documents
                  • Your resume
                  • Your responses to the online questionnaire
                  • Current or former federal employees, submit a copy of your mostrecent SF-50, Notice of Personnel Action, that demonstrates youreligibility for consideration, e.g., length of time you have been inyour current/highest grade. Examples of appropriate SF-50s includepromotions, with-in grade increases. Performance award are notacceptable.
                  • If you are qualifying based on education, submit a legible copyof your unofficial college transcript from an accreditedcollege/university. The transcript must reflect thecollege/university name and/or logo. Applicants are highlyencouraged to proactively order a copy of their official transcriptsto be delivered to their home address so transcripts will be readilyavailable if selected. If selected, official transcripts arerequired prior to establishing your start date. Foreign educationcompleted in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meeteducation requirements if you can show that it is comparable toeducation received in U.S. accredited institutions. Provide proofwith your application. Please see click here.
                  • If you are claiming special priority selection rights under theInteragency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), you mustsubmit a copy of your agency notice, most recent performance ratingand most recent SF-50, noting your current position, grade level andduty location. If you have never worked for the federal government,you are not ICTAP eligible. To be considered eligible, you must beplaced in the well-qualified category for this position. Please seeICTAP eligibility.
                  • If you are claiming veterans preference, submit the followingdocuments. Please see Feds Hire Vets for detail.a. Veterans claiming 5 point veterans' preference must submitlegible Member 4 Copy DD214(s) indicating Character of Service.5-point preference will not be granted if appropriate documentationis not submitted.b. 30% Disabled Veterans must submit their Member Copy 4 DD-214(s),which includes Character of Service, and VA Disability Letter withpercentage of disability OR documentation of disabilitydetermination from a branch of the Armed Forces which reflects acompensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.c. Other 10 point Preference Eligibles must submit applicable MemberCopy 4 DD-214(s), which includes Character of Service, and providedocumentation of your other 10 point preference. If claiming 10point preference, you must provide required documentation describedon the back of the SF-15. 10-point preference will not be granted ifappropriate documentation is not submitted with your application.d. If you are a current active duty military member who does nothave a DD214 and is claiming preference under the VeteransOpportunity to Work (VOW) Act, you must submit certification fromthe Armed Forces indicating that you will be discharged or releasedunder honorable conditions from active duty within 120 days from thedate on the certification. Certifications must be on letterhead fromthe appropriate military branch and include: military dates ofservice and expected discharge or release date, character ofservice, military rank, type of discharge and date when terminalleave will begin. Certifications must be signed by, or by directionof military members military personnel offices, unit commanders orhigher headquarters.
                  • If you are requesting consideration under Executive Order 13473,you must submit proof of eligibility. At a minimum to confirmeligibility for purposes of appointment based on relocation underthese provisions a spouse of a service member must provide a copy ofthe marriage certificate or other documentation verifying marriageand a copy of the military PCS orders assigning the service memberto a certain post. The PCS orders must state the member's spouse wasauthorized on the military orders. Proof of eligibility based ondisability and deaths resulting from active duty service is outlinedhere.
                  • OPM must authorize employment offers for former or currentPolitical Appointees. If you are currently, or have been within thelast 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C or Non-Career SESemployee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose thisinformation. Submit proof of your former or current status, such asyour SF-50. Please see here.All documentation as outlined above must be received by the closingdate of the announcement. If you are unable to submit your documentselectronically, you may fax or mail the documents. A fax cover sheetwill be provided to you from the system with fax number andinstructions. Required documents will also be accepted by mail andmust be received by the closing date of the announcement. Themailing address is COMMANDANT CG-123), ATTN OFFICE OF CIVILIAN HUMANRESOURCES (JOBS), US COAST GUARD, 2703 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR AVE SESTOP 7912, WASHINGTON, DC 20593-7912.If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:Education must be accredited by an accrediting institutionrecognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to becredited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only theattendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accreditinginstitutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in thisvacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or mayaffect the overall rating.- BenefitsA career with the U.S. Government provides employees with acomprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and yourfamily will have access to a range of benefits that are designed tomake your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federalbenefits.DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package,including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term careinsurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a401(K)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program;personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits mayinclude: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement;transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellnessprograms; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employeedevelopment and offers a variety of employee training anddevelopment opportunities. For more information, go to the DHSCareers website and select Benefits. Disabled veteran leave willbe available to any Federal employee hired on or after November 5,2016, who is a veteran with a service-connected disability rating of30 percent or more.Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you holdand whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent.Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specificbenefits offered.- How to ApplyComplete applications for this vacancy must be received on-line by11:59 p.m ET on the closing date of the announcement. To begin youronline application, click the Apply Online button and follow theprompts to register or sign in to USAJOBS, take the onlinequestionnaire and submit the required documents to provide proof ofqualifications. If you are claiming veterans preference, you willbe required to submit proof. See Required Documents section for moredetail regarding a complete application package.High self assessment in the vacancy questions that is not supportedby information in your resume and/or supporting documents may impactyou or eliminate you from consideration.If applying on-line poses a hardship to you, the Help Desk listed onthe announcement will provide assistance to ensure that applicationsare submitted on-line by the closing date. You must contact the HelpDesk prior to the closing date of this announcement to receiveassistance. Hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to7:00 p.m. ET, excluding Federal holidays.Agency contact informationUSCG Applicant SupportPhone866-656-6830Fax000-000-0000Emailmgshelp@monster.comAddressUnited States Coast Guard2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SESTOP 7912Washington, District of Columbia 20593United StatesLearn more about this agencyNext stepsOnce the announcement is closed, we will conduct an evaluation ofyour application and qualifications to determine your ranking. Themost qualified applicants will be referred to the hiring manager forfurther consideration. To check the status of your application, logon to your USAJOBS account, click on "Application Status," and thenclick "More Information." You may also opt to receive emailnotifications of application status changes by logging into yourUSAJOBS account and enabling notification alerts.For more information on applying for federal employment click hereAny offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will beconsistent with all applicable authorities, including PresidentialMemoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Managementand Budget (OMB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM)guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policiesconcerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change. Applyingto this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS toshare your application with others in DHS for similar positions.- Fair & TransparentThe Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent.Please read the following guidance.Equal Employment Opportunity PolicyThe United States Government does not discriminate in employment onthe basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy andgender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexualorientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age,membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parentalstatus, military service, or other non-merit factor.
                    • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & jobapplicantsReasonable Accommodation PolicyFederal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicantswith disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonableaccommodation for any part of the application process should followthe instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any partof the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact thehiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonableaccommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the workenvironment, or the way things are usually done that enables anindividual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job dutiesor receive equal access to job benefits.Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must providereasonable accommodations when:
                      • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have anequal opportunity to apply for a job.
                      • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to performthe essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
                      • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receiveequal access to benefits, such as details, training, andoffice-sponsored events.You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during theapplication or hiring process or while on the job. Requests areconsidered on a case-by-case basis.Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodationsor how to contact an agency.Legal and regulatory guidance
                        • Financial suitability
                        • Social security number request
                        • Privacy Act
                        • Signature and false statements
                        • Selective Service
                        • New employee probationary periodThis job originated on For the full announcement and toapply, visit Only resumessubmitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listedat will be considered.

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